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September issue no. 237
April/May 2014 issue no. 242


On Sale: March 18, 2014
Subscribers should receive this issue by March 10.

On the Cover:
Square and plumb...every time

Kitchens & Baths:
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Articles
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GET TO KNOW SEMICUSTOM CABINETS
by Nena Donovan Levine
Consuming a breadth of the market between stock and custom, these cabinets offer variety and value

40
CUTTING DRYWALL
by Myron R. Ferguson
The right techniques make for speedy, accurate cuts

48
BREATHE EASY WITH BALANCED VENTILATION
by Sean Groom
The best solutions provide fresh air to the whole house without a severe energy penalty

54
INVISIBLE REPAIRS FOR A HARDWOOD FLOOR
by Scott Sidler
The key is finding boards that match and installing them with care

59
A RETROFIT FOR THE FUTURE
by Bob Ritacco
An old ranch gets an improved shell and strives for energy independence

64
THE INDESPENSABLE DIGITAL MULTIMETER
by Brian Walo
This tool is a must-have when it comes to electrical troubleshooting

70
SUPERINSULATED SLAB
by Steve Baczek
If you aren’t insulating the edge, you’re only doing half the job

74
FAST AND ACCURATE WALL FRAMING
by Mike Norton
An experienced builder’s no-nonsense approach to the bones of a house

78


Departments

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CONTRIBUTORS

14
LETTERS

16
HOW IT WORKS
Dehumidifiers

22
TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Make your own transfer punches
When to precut your bottom wall plates
Quick, accurate shims

26
TOOLS & MATERIALS
DeWalt DCN692 Framing Nailer
Grip-Rite Collated Finish Nails
Conservation Technology Caulk-in Tubing
Rali Shark Chisel
CDCLarue Pulse-Bac PB-550H Shop Vac

32
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Wooden Scaffold Plates: Solid-Sawn vs. LVL

38
PROJECT GALLERY
Floors with Flair

84
Q&A
Cleaning up old hardware
Insulation for hot-water pipes

88
ENERGY-SMART DETAILS
A Practical Air-Sealing Sequence

90
BUILDING SKILLS
Cut a Laminate Countertop for a Sink

92
DRAWING BOARD
Designing a small but elegant deck

96
TAILGATE
Barbara and Don McKee, Artist and Engineer

100
FINISHING TOUCH
Enchanted Entrance

102